“Within Our Gates” is a brand new exhibition inspired by August Wilson’s Fences. It will make its debut at here Everyman on November 7th. A special collaboration between Everyman and The Afro American Newspaper Archives, this exhibit will examine the lives of African Americans in Baltimore from 1950 to 1965 by using pictures and reprints from The Afro American Newspaper Archives.
“Our new Community Engagement Initiative seeks to connect our Baltimore community through the work you see on stage here,” said Community Engagement Manager Melani Douglass. “The images we have chosen for this exhibit show us that our Baltimore and August Wilson’s Pittburgh have parallel histories. The elements included in this exhibit help remind us that the story of Fences is beyond the stage and is felt within our own community.”
The pictures and prints on display will include images of community and musical leaders along with everyday people from Baltimore in the 1950s and early 1960s. It will also look at the protest against the segregation of Gwynn Oak Amusement Park. The exhibit will also feature a section called “Baltimore, Now,” which will include collages made by students at the Excel Academy under the direction of artist Anthony McKissic. The students’ work will be included by Romare Bearden and the Blues – two major influences of August Wilson.
The exhibition will take place in the second floor lobby space of the theatre and will be open before and after each performance of Fences from November 7 – 22.
Written by Laura Weiss, Associate Director of Marketing & Media Relations
Photo: Afro Clean Block: Young women sitting on marble steps. Afro Clean Block was started by Ms. Frances L. Murphy I, daughter of The Afro’s founder, John H/ Murphy Sr. in 1934. Clean Block was a program created to get the children of Baltimore involved in the community during the summer. Photographer: I. Henry Phillips, Afro American Archives circa 1955.